British CSGO pro player Owen ‘smooya’ Butterfield has joined London-based organisation Fnatic on a three-month trial, after being released from Movistar Riders.
The news comes after smooya helped Fnatic reach the IEM Closed Qualifier last weekend as a stand-in, forming a temporary UK trio with Alex and Mezii.
Smooya said in a Twitlonger post: “For those who enjoyed the British Fnatic flag, you’re about to be really excited for a LONG time.
“This is a situation that I never thought I would see myself in because of my past mistakes throughout my career but all I can say is thank you to [Fnatic CSGO team director] Andreas Samuelsson for believing in me so much, by putting his own reptuation on the line to secure this move.
“I’m joining with a very open mindset and reasonable expectations for myself and the team, here to work hard every day, not only in game, but to develop myself as a person too. I’ve been waiting for a chance like this for years and I think now is the perfect time for this to happen.”
A few hours prior to this announcement, smooya published a separate Twitlonger saying he was a free agent and is ‘open to offers’ in CSGO and Valorant, in Europe or North America.
The news comes after smooya was benched by Movistar back in August.
In a Twitlonger posted today, smooya said: “Well well well. Today I’m being released from my Movistar contract making me a unrestricted free agent. Thank you so so much to Movistar Riders for our time together and taking this step to help progress my career. I will forever be in debt to you. I’m proud to have played for another major organisation.”
There’s a host of UK talent in Valorant – more so than CSGO. Fnatic and Team Liquid have several UK players, and there are many UK casters, hosts and coaches in the game, some of which have moved from CSGO to Valorant.
For example, the UK was the most represented region in Valorant EU Stage 3 Challengers 2 earlier this year.
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